By Richard Parks
Leeds United are exploring three new signings ahead of the summer transfer window but Pontus Jansson could head out of the exit door, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim that United are keen to land Barnsley full-back Andy Yiadom, Swansea City striker Oli McBurnie and former loanee defender Kyle Bartley as they line up a triple swoop.
It is said that Leeds are “confident” of meeting Swansea’s valuation of centre-back Bartley, but he could join as a replacement for rather than partner of Jansson.
The Yorkshire Evening Post report that Jansson, 27, will have the exposure of a World Cup amid links to Premier League clubs West Ham and Burnley.
Football Insider verdict:
When news emerged yesterday that Bartley has suffered knee ligament damage and could face another lengthy spell on the sidelines, many Leeds fans claimed on social media they’d rather take the 6ft 4in powerhouse on one leg that most of the other defenders in the squad. Not over Jansson, they wouldn’t. Bartley was one half of an outstanding centre-back partnership with the Swede last season, with many hailing them as the best pair since United’s Premier League days. United fans want Bartley to partner Jansson in 2018-19, not replace him. That would leave the club in a similar situation to this season, in which one elite centre-back is diminished by the mediocrity around him. Signing Bartley for a second time would be brilliant, and Yiadom would be a smart Bosman signing, but if the collateral damage is the exit of Jansson, there would be plenty of broken hearts among the Elland Road faithful.